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Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)

Part One

Monday 19 March 2007 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 19 March 2007 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

To mark the centenary of her birth, Donald Macleod begins a survey of the work of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, described as 'one of the most substantial composers these islands have yet produced'.

She was a hugely influential and radical voice in British music of the 20th century. Her music is elegant, precise, 'an intense but disciplined expression of emotion', as she herself once remarked.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

String Quartet no 5
Bingham String Quartet
Unicorn Kanchana
DKP 9081 T1 to 4

My Dark Heart
Jane Manning (soprano) / Lontano / Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)
Lorelt LNT 101 tr 5-7

Concertino No 1 for Clarinet Thea King (clarinet) / English Chamber Orchestra / Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Hyperion CDA 66634 tr 4-6

And you might be interested to know that two of Elizabeth Maconchy's operas, The Sofa and the Departure, will be performed in November at Sadlers Wells in London, as part of a double bill presented by Independent Opera.  You can find out more information at

http://www.independentopera.com/2007_production.html




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